CTA Architects Engineers is excited to announce its principal ownership team has expanded to include David Koel, AIA, NCARB. Koel, who joined the firm in 2005, is a registered architect in Montana and Minnesota; the prolific designer of many Commercial, Education, and Residential projects for CTA across a wide geography; and the team leader of the firm’s Living (residential) market.
Following the announcement, Koel was lauded by fellow CTA principals for his artistic prowess, work ethic, and an innate ability to rally others to good causes.
“Each partner brings something different to the table. David is a crazy good designer, incredible sketcher, and clients love him,” CTA principal Kent Bray said. “He has a great mind for the business side of the profession and he’s always thinking about how we can improve and become the best version of ourselves.”
“David epitomizes our CTA Vision of creating great experiences with our colleagues and clients. In the midst of an indelible wit, he is able to capture their confidence and inspire their imaginations through fun collaboration,” CTA principal Jim Beal echoed. “David is willing to take on any task, anytime, anywhere, and he spreads a contagious enthusiasm and passion for making CTA better.”
An award-winning designer, a past president of AIA Montana, and a design review board member at both City of Kalispell and Whitefish Mountain, Koel received a Bachelor of Architecture from North Dakota State University with a minor in Landscape Architecture. His designs have netted the following citations:
- Skyhouse; Lakeside, MT
AIA Design Award of Merit (2014)
- Cohen Residence; Whitefish, MT
AIA Design Award of Merit (2013)
- Whitefish Lake Poolhouse; Whitefish Lake, MT
AIA Design Honor Award (2012)
- Forrest M. Bird (formerly Sandpoint) Charter School; Sandpoint, ID
AIA Design Award of Merit (2011)
In his free time, Koel is an avid mountaineer and rock climber, and lives with his wife, Alicia, and their three spirited children in Kalispell, MT.
Photos of some prominent projects for which David Koel was the design architect: